Under the direction of the associate director for health mapping (Kathleen Baker, Ph.D., Department of Geography), this component of the center will analyze spatial health trends using geographic information systems technology. Maps will be disseminated to the community through the center’s website in a consumer-friendly format. Mapping and analysis, as well as online geospatial database development for interactive online mapping, will be performed by WMU graduate and undergraduate students. Students will interact with the center through research assistantships/associateships and advanced geography information systems course projects.
Under the direction of the associate director for statistical analysis, this component will confirm visual findings with statistical analysis. There are situations when mapping health-related data requires methodology beyond geography information systems. For example, comparisons across regions with varying sample sizes cannot be conducted based on counts/proportions on the maps and requires statistical model-based mapping that combines information from various secondary data sources in a coherent mathematical fashion. HDReAM investigators will work under guidance of the associate director (Rajib Paul, Ph.D., Department of Statistics) on developing novel statistical methods to address the complex nature of health-related data, such as, zero-inflated data or space-time processes.